WORKSHOP: Heads and tails of agro fuels: environmental impact and food security in developing countries

The goals of this workshop is to analyze the pros and cons of agro fuel production and to promote a strategic work program aimed at minimizing negative impacts and supporting positive ones. Finding alternatives to traditional fuels is a problem that must be solved. Often the ends do not justify the means and the need for agro fuels has resulted in unsustainable uses of natural resources.

Biofuels in a laboratory, La Jolla, United States Photo: Steve Jurvetson
  • DATE: September 8th
  • TIME: 14:30 - 16:30
  • ROOM: A - 203

This workshop, organized by the Spanish Committee of IUCN, IUCN´s Office for South America, CEESP, the Meso and South American Regional Committees of IUCN, the Bolivian Committee of IUCN and the South American, and Bolivian Network of NGOs LIDEMA, will highlight conservation areas of high biological and cultural importance and teach practices that ensure food security for local communities. Participants will learn how to improve resilience and adaption strategies for contemporary societies in a ways that improve, maintain and restore biodiversity and ecosystem services. They will also learn about more efficient uses of resources to ensure healthy economies.

The workshop is comprised of three sections with the first focusing on the analysis of the net environmental impact of agro fuels compared to conventional fuels. The second section will be a discussion on the competition between agro fuel production and agricultural production as well as sustainable food and energy security of local communities in developing countries. A mapping of areas of special biological and cultural interest will also take place during the second section. The third and final section will focus on updating resolution 4.083, "Industrial production of agro fuels" created at the last Congress in Barcelona in 2008 and an action plan will be designed to facilitate the implementation of this motion.

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